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Crockett PD seeking fugitive

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CAMERON CHATMAN websiteCameron ChatmanThe Crockett Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a wanted fugitive. Cameron Deair Chatman, age 27 from Crockett, is wanted for questioning in reference to multiple recent theft and burglary investigations. Chatman also has a felony arrest warrant out of Houston County for Assault Family Violence with Previous Conviction (Failure to Appear) as well as a Parole Warrant issued by TDCJ. Anyone with information which may lead to Chatman’s arrest is asked to contact the Crockett Police Department at 936-544-2021

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Crockett PD seeking fugitive

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Cameron ChatmanCameron ChatmanThe Crockett Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a wanted fugitive. Cameron Deair Chatman, age 27 from Crockett, is wanted for questioning in reference to multiple recent theft and burglary investigations. Chatman also has a felony arrest warrant out of Houston County for Assault Family Violence with Previous Conviction (Failure to Appear) as well as a Parole Warrant issued by TDCJ. Anyone with information which may lead to Chatman’s arrest is asked to contact the Crockett Police Department at 936-544-2021

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Lawmen foil cockfighting event; 10 suspects charged

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By Jan White and Chris Edwards
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On May 20, law enforcement officers received a tip of a cockfighting event located on private property in the Davy Crockett National Forest. Officers from the Houston County Sheriff’s Office, Grapeland P.D., Crockett P.D., and Texas Parks & Wildlife responded. 

Seventeen male suspects were detained. After conducting an investigation, 10 were arrested and charged with cockfighting, which is a state jail felony in Texas. 

Class C misdemeanors were also filed against the spectators. Ten vehicles were towed; one vehicle, cockfighting equipment, and thirty-six live roosters were seized, along with a large sum of money. 

The men arrested and charged with cockfighting include Andrew Flores; Carlos Munoz Gonzalez; Ignacio Jay Garcia; Jesus Jasso; Jose Manuel Lemus; Juan Luis Rocha; Leonardo Gomez Arnjo; Orlando Martinez Toledo; Raphael Francisco Lemus and Patrick Carl Wilkinson.

Houston County Sheriff Randy Hargrove said after the arrests were made, “If you fight roosters in Houston County, you’re gonna lose more than just the fight.”

In a related story, KTRE News reported that on Saturday night, May 21, the Alto Police Department and Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office responded to a cockfight that was taking place in adjoining Cherokee County. 

The cockfight occurred on County Road 2638. Officer identified fifty participants and seized property, including nine trailers, a truck, and ninety-seven roosters, which authorities hope to rehome. 

Cherokee County Sheriff Brent Dickson said, “The people who take part in cockfighting come from all backgrounds and walks of life, even some who are in high profile positions. There’s a lot of people involved in this that you wouldn’t think about.”

Dickson stated that winners of these fights could walk away with as much as $50,000 from the illegal gambling operation. “There’s a large cash flow through these operations,” Dickson said. “I believe this one they were charging $1,000 for six birds, and everybody pays that to get in to fight their birds, so that makes a pretty good purse at the end of the night.” According to Dickson, these cockfighting rings are getting more common, and the Sheriff’s office is actively working to locate and bring the offenders to justice. Arrests will be made within the next week for the individuals identified in the Saturday raid. 

“For us, it’s bringing a lot of unwanted people into our county,” Dickson said. “We don’t need any extra drugs, guns, or violence here. We’ve got our own. We don’t need to bring it in from outside.”

Following the arrests, Marty Irby, who serves as executive director for the Animal Wellness Action group applauded the actions of HCSO for taking action.

“Cockfighting runs rampant in Texas as we’ve seen in case after case over the past few years,” Irby said.

“This gruesome bloodsport is not only cruel, but is a serious risk to both human and poultry health as fighting birds can easily spread Avian influenza,” he added.

The Animal Wellness Action group has led the charge against cockfighting, nationwide, and has been pressing federal law enforcement at the Department of Justice to enforce federal laws against the sport, with felony-level penalties.

Recently, the group released undercover footage of a government official in Guam engaging in cockfighting, and U.S. investigations have led to multiple indictments.

Irby added that the onus is on local, state and federal authorities to prosecute

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Armed suspect still at large

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A freeze frame of the suspect from Saturday’s robbery from the store’s surveillance camera. PHOTO COURTESY OF CROCKETT PD A freeze frame of the suspect from Saturday’s robbery from the store’s surveillance camera. PHOTO COURTESY OF CROCKETT PD

From Staff Reports

CROCKETT – As of May 2, the Crockett Police Department is still seeking information on a suspect who allegedly committed an armed robbery at the Xpress Truck Stop on Loop 304. The robbery occurred around 3:45 a.m. on the morning of Saturday, April 30. The suspect is described as a possible male and reportedly brandished a gun toward the cashier before taking cash from the register and grabbing cigarettes from the counter. 

The suspect was believed to have fled on foot in the direction of East Bowie Avenue. 

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Crockett Police Department at (936) 544-2862 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Kennard man in jail on rape charge

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By Chris Edwards
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Michael MorganMichael MorganKENNARD – A Kennard man was arrested last week and issued a first-degree felony rape charge.

Michael Lynn Morgan, 38, was taken into custody by the Houston County Sheriff’s Office on Monday, April 18, and remains in custody at the Houston County Jail. Morgan is charged with continuous sexual abuse of a child, a first-degree felony charge; enhanced by the victim’s age being under 14 years.

According to the probable cause affidavit, Morgan allegedly committed “two or more acts of sexual abuse against a child younger than 14 years of age.” The victim is reported as being 10 years of age.

The mother of the victim went to the authorities with the allegation against Morgan, and an interview was conducted with the victim at Kalin’s Center.

According to the affidavit, the incidents took place throughout a period of Feb. 23, 2022 to April 10, 2022, and consisted of three separate incidents.

In the interview, the victim detailed the alleged incidents of rape, which included inappropriate touching and an attempt to force oral sex, as well as indecent exposure from the suspect. 

The victim also told the interviewer of how the suspect attempted to force intercourse upon her, but stopped when she felt pain and discomfort.

Morgan’s bond was set at $50,000. Under Texas Penal Code 21.02, if Morgan is convicted, he could face up to life in prison, “or for any term of not more than 99 years or less than 25 years.”

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